The Reds’ interest in Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero – even though Walt Jocketty says they’re unlikely to sign Guerrero – is the strongest indication that the club will try to trade Brandon Phillips.
Fay goes on to suggest that Phillips, who is not exactly known to hold his tongue, ticked off a large number of people in the Reds’ front office and that the attempt to sign Guerrero was to essentially replace Phillips.
Of course, trading him will not be easy. Despite his defensive tools, Phillips is a bit sporadic offensively and considering he’s owed over $50 million for the next four seasons, there aren’t a lot of teams who would be willing to absorb such a contract for a player on the wrong side of 30.
Fay is the only person (as of right now) suggesting this, so it needs to be taken with a grain of salt, though few are more plugged in to the team more than Fay so there’s certainly merit behind it.